The Philadelphia Flyers wasted no time on Tuesday making a three-team trade with the Columbus Blue Jackets and the Los Angeles Kings, that included shipping away defenseman Ivan Provorov from Philadelphia to Columbus. There was some speculation that goalie Carter Hart was going get traded on Tuesday away from the Flyers, but he is still in Philadelphia for now.
General manager Daniel Briere and President of Hockey Operations Keith Jones have started the rebuild in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. They were a year behind schedule, but it is better late than never to get onto that train. The Flyers are in a tough spot with their horrendous roster. If they do trade goalie Carter Hart who is only 24 years old, what would be the most ideal spot for him?
Los Angeles Kings
It appears as if the Los Angeles Kings and the Philadelphia Flyers love doing business together. They have been making trades with each other for years. The Kings are a playoff team that is looking to make the next jump. Los Angeles feels like they are a goalie away and may not want Joonas Korpisalo for the long term.
The Kings already did trade away 28-year-old goalie Cal Petersen to the Flyers. Carter Hart had a 22-23-10 record in 55 games played last season for the Philadelphia Flyers. He had a .907 save percentage and a 2.94 GAA, along with two shutouts for Philadelphia. In his career up to this point, he has appeared in 201 career games. Hart has an 84-84-26 record with a .906 save percentage and a 2.96 GAA, along with five shutouts.
The Edmonton Oilers are another hockey team that feels like it is a goalie away from winning a Stanley Cup Title. Edmonton is just letting the primes of Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl go to waste. They need a goalie now. Jack Campbell isn't cutting it and neither is Stuart Skinner.
Carter Hart will have a $3.979 million cap hit for the 2023-2024 season and then will become a restricted free agent. Hart is also from Sherwood Park, Alberta, which is about a 19-minute drive from Edmonton, Alberta. Carter Hart returning to his hometown to play hockey would be more than ideal for him.
It feels as if the Buffalo Sabres are finally knocking on the door to end its playoff streak in 2023-2024. Buffalo has one solid goalie in Devon Levi, but might some help around him moving forward. The Sabres have the prospects and the picks to potentially give the Philadelphia Flyers in this rebuild for Carter Hart.
The Sabres have not been in the postseason since the 2010-2011 season. Buffalo has young talent that has finally blossomed. Carter Hart needs a change of scenery and that wouldn't necessarily be a bad thing for him with still tons of potential ahead.